Federal - HR 2004

Ensuring FEDVIP and FLTCIP Coverage During Shutdowns Act

Introduced

April 1, 2019

Description

A bill to amend title 5, United States Code, to continue supplemental dental and vision benefits and long-term care insurance coverage for Federal employees affected by a Government shutdown, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 9

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  • Sept. 25, 2019Cost Estimate issued by Congressional Budget Office.

  • June 12, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

    June 12, 2019 — Committee Vote: Federal Employee Benefits During Government Shutdown — Substitute Amendment
      Cummings, D-Md. —

    Substitute amendment that would ensure dental and vision benefits, and long-term care insurance, continues for any furloughed federal employee or individual who is covered under TRICARE, the military health insurance program.

    It would require the director of the Office of Personnel Management to prescribe regulations to ensure that premiums for supplemental dental, supplemental vision or long-term care insurance that are unpaid by individuals eligible for TRICARE being furloughed or working without pay are paid from back pay after the government reopens. It also would allow the OPM director to include in the regulations a provision to allow individuals who elected to pay premiums directly to the carrier to continue to do so.

    Substitute amendment that would ensure dental and vision benefits, and long-term care insurance, continues for any furloughed federal employee or individual who is covered under TRICARE, the military health insurance program.

    It would require the director of the Office of Personnel Management to prescribe regulations to ensure that premiums for supplemental dental, supplemental vision or long-term care insurance that are unpaid by individuals eligible for TRICARE being furloughed or working without pay are paid from back pay after the government reopens. It also would allow the OPM director to include in the regulations a provision to allow individuals who elected to pay premiums directly to the carrier to continue to do so.

    Adopted by voice vote.

    June 12, 2019 — Committee Vote: Insurance Coverage for Federal Employees Affected by Shutdown — Vote to Report

    Require that coverage for supplemental dental and vision benefits as well as long-term insurance care for federal employees and TRICARE eligible individuals continue during a government shutdown.

    As amended, it would require the director of the Office of Personnel Management to prescribe regulations to ensure that premiums for supplemental dental, supplemental vision or long-term care insurance that are unpaid by individuals eligible for TRICARE being furloughed or working without pay are paid from back pay after the government reopens. It also would allow the OPM director to include in the regulations a provision to allow individuals who elected to pay premiums directly to the carrier to continue to do so.

    As amended, the bill would ensure that employees' health insurance coverage may not be canceled as a result of a lapse in appropriations, an employee becoming furloughed or an employee working without pay, to ensure that such coverage continues during said lapse and may not be canceled as a result of nonpayment of premiums or other periodic charges due to such lapse.

    Require that coverage for supplemental dental and vision benefits as well as long-term insurance care for federal employees and TRICARE eligible individuals continue during a government shutdown.

    As amended, it would require the director of the Office of Personnel Management to prescribe regulations to ensure that premiums for supplemental dental, supplemental vision or long-term care insurance that are unpaid by individuals eligible for TRICARE being furloughed or working without pay are paid from back pay after the government reopens. It also would allow the OPM director to include in the regulations a provision to allow individuals who elected to pay premiums directly to the carrier to continue to do so.

    As amended, the bill would ensure that employees' health insurance coverage may not be canceled as a result of a lapse in appropriations, an employee becoming furloughed or an employee working without pay, to ensure that such coverage continues during said lapse and may not be canceled as a result of nonpayment of premiums or other periodic charges due to such lapse.

    Ordered reported favorably to the full House (as amended) by voice vote.
  • May 8, 2019 — Full committee consideration and markup postponed by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

  • May 1, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Fitzpatrick, (R-Pa.)
  • April 8, 2019 — Additional cosponsor(s): 3

    Norton, (D-D.C.)Raskin, (D-Md.)Trone, (D-Md.)
  • April 1, 2019 — Original cosponsor(s): 5

    Clark, K. (D-Mass.)Meadows, (R-N.C.)Young, Don (R-Alaska)
    Connolly, (D-Va.)Taylor, V. (R-Texas)
  • April 1, 2019 — Read twice and referred to: House Oversight and Reform.Congressional Record p. H2937